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Red Bull complaint nearly cost Rosberg Silverstone victory

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It has been revealed Red Bull were the team who alerted the stewards to Nico Rosberg's failure to slow under yellow flags midway through Sunday's British Grand Prix, a move which nearly cost Rosberg that victory.

Rosberg was only reprimanded by the stewards after he was called to answer for the alleged breach in the rules, it was possible Rosberg could have been given a time penalty which would have stripped him of Silverstone victory.

Many believe Red Bull's decision points to the bad blood currently between the two teams in the wake of the 'testgate' verdict though Red Bull's Helmut Marko implied other teams would do the same if one of their driver's was deemed to have broken a rule.

"We did not attack Mercedes, but only pointed out that Rosberg was too fast under a yellow flag," the Austrian insisted. "If it had been us (committing the breach), the other teams would also immediately tell the FIA. It's a totally normal thing,"

Indeed Red Bull were involved in a brief storm with Ferrari after the final race of 2012 when the Scuderia pointed to an event where Sebastian Vettel could have passed a car under yellow flags, if found guilty that would have cost the German his third world championship.

In other Red Bull news the debate over who should replace Mark Webber continues.

Former triple champion Sir Jackie Stewart, who is a consultant to the Lotus owners Genii Capital, believes it would be a bad move for the 2007 champion to join a team where Vettel is clearly the preferred driver.

However another triple champion Niki Lauda claims Raikkonen would be a "wimp" not to join the Anglo-Austrian outfit.

"If Kimi doesn't go," the Austrian legend told German newspaper Bild, "he's a wimp.

"Yes, he might have to do a few more working days, but all that means is a few less drinking days!"


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